If you don’t already have a wedding planner making one for you, it’s a great idea to create a planning timeline for your wedding day! A planning timeline allows you to be organized and stay on track throughout the day to reduce stress. This is one thing we never go without on wedding day and neither should you!
Meet with your photographer first, before setting your timeline, because they’re the most important person to be in synch with in creating your timeline. Your day-of timeline basically revolves around your photographer’s schedule, so it is best to make sure you’re on the same page beforehand!
Make sure to give yourself at least one hour to get into your dress before your pre-ceremony photos. Keep in mind, this is separate from hair and makeup, so you’ll need to plan around that as well. Have your mom and maid of honor have their hair and make up done first, before you and your bridesmaids, so that they are ready in time to help with the photos of you getting into your dress!
In detail, make note of your processional order, with who is escorting who, to avoid any confusion on the day of the wedding. Include the grand entrance order, and make sure to give a copy of your timeline to the DJ. Also include a song list for your DJ.
**Include a vendor list at the end of your timeline with contact information (name/company, phone number, and email address). This is extremely important for your timeline in case of any emergencies or delays!**
Make a separate, condensed timeline for your wedding party with contact information for each person, as well as vendors. You never know who may wander off or need help at some point during the getting ready process. There will most likely be a lot of questions on wedding day, and you, as the bride, don’t want to be bombarded with all of those questions! Sit back, relax, and let your wedding party/family take care of you. Having a day-of coordinator is always helpful too!
As always, we love sharing these tips with you and hope this blog was helpful to you in your planning process. Check out our blog about wedding day necessities to see what you should include in your wedding day packing list!